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Who'd Have Thought the Lord Almighty

Who'd have thought the Lord Almighty

Author: Leland Bryant Ross (1996)
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

(1: Tamar)

Who'd have thought the Lord Almighty from all women on the earth

Would have chosen Tamar the wily to prepare for Jesus' birth?

But he chose her, and we laud her for her chutzpah and her brains,

In gratitude we applaud her: Hallelujah! Jesus reigns!

(2: Rahab)

Who would dream the God of Moses, and of Joshua son of Nun,

Would elect a Jericho harlot — and a traitor — for his Son

To descend from? Yet he picked her! Praise the wisdom of his choice:

Hallelujah! God is with us! Let us marvel and rejoice!

(3: Ruth)

Who'd imagine, of all nations, God would call on Moab's aid

To advance the cause of salvation? that a needed role played

A widowed exile sprung from Sodom — and from incest — that her part

Would be great-grandmother, in Israel, of a man after God's own heart?

(4: Bathsheba)

Who would guess that when, in wartime, on her roof Bathsheba lay

And occasioned maybe the worst crime in the annals of her day,

God, the righteous Lord of Zion through that lust would vict'ry win,

From their union bringing a scion who'd annihilate all sin.

(5: Mary)

Who'd suppose a country girl such as Mary would attract

The Creator of the whole world? But she did, and that's a fact.

She conceived and bore a child by the Spirit of the Lord —

Our Redeemer, "meek and mild", sharper than a two-edged sword!

(6-8: Reprise)

Who'd believe that these five ladies, and so many nameless more,

In God's great assault upon Hades would be called and chosen for

The advancement to perfection of the Lord's ongoing plan

By a process of election to bring forth the Son of Man?

Mudstained cloth and damaged vessels are the means our Lord has used,

Yet our sense of pride still wrestles with the meaning of these truths:

Not the holy and the haughty, but the humble and the flawed —

Be they prostitutes or monarchs — are the forebears of our God.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu!

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-hu-hu!

So we sing their praises gladly, named and nameless, brash and shy,

For the offspring of their body is the Apple of God's eye!

Author: Leland Bryant Ross

American Baptist layman. Amateur hymnologist and polyglot. Translator of many hymns into, and author of a few in, Esperanto, as well as some hymns in English. 13 texts (incl. 3 original) in Adoru, plus two in Espero Katolika's supplement. Edited the largest online Esperanto hymnal, now archived by and, TTT-Himnaro Cigneta. Lives near Seattle. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Who'd have thought the Lord Almighty
Title: Who'd Have Thought the Lord Almighty
Author: Leland Bryant Ross (1996)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain